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  1. LukeNZ

    Muddled Mak’s Cormorant

    ...you’ve tied flies before 🤣 Very tidy! 👍
  2. LukeNZ

    When should you use Fluorocarbon or Co-polymer?

    W Wow, you're up late, or up very early Taffy! Obviously, I am not targeting small fish with huge streamers; they are "by-catch"; I am hoping to attract fish looking for a bigger meal, autumn. I was illustrating, that small fish don't necessarily need really light tippets and tiny flies...
  3. LukeNZ

    When should you use Fluorocarbon or Co-polymer?

    Says a lot for choice of rod too. Going a foot longer and a line weight lighter would benefit many a fly fisher. I use 8lb. Maxima green for everything, because all my fishing pretty much is 2 handed trout spey. The interesting thing is, thst I still catch lots of small fish as well as the more...
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    When should you use Fluorocarbon or Co-polymer?

    If uou dont want to over complicate choice of leafer material and always be in the ball park, just go with Maxima green in the appropriate breaking strain - roughly 2/3 the weight in pounds of the largest fish you could realistically expect for the water you are fishing. The rod will take care...
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    Best dry fly rod

    Fishing for trout in that type of stream doesn’t really do it for me. This is more my thing, though half the width would be fine too.
  6. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    You don’t have to, but you could. You maybe wouldn’t catch any more, or less. It’s just another way to fish, and interestingly probably much closer to what the likes of Walton were doing, than the current 9ft. 5wt. trout rod trend in the UK.
  7. LukeNZ

    footwear on stockingfoot waders

    Are you going to be walking much, perhaps even with a pack for a couple of days? If so the Simms boots Guide range of boots have great walking soles. I get a couple of solid years use out of each pair - walking many KM’s in and out of rivers. Currently got some G4’s, but if just fishing locally...
  8. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    Ah, ok. ....so line control is much improved with a short 9ft., or sub toothpick, over something a little longer 🥴 Erm.. thanks for your input boisker..🤣🤣
  9. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    I would have no qualms with two handed trout rods on a lake, certainly none on some of the wider British rivers. A 3 or 4wt (spey line rating - 220-250gn) trout spey rod makes a heck of a nymphing rod, anywhere. Single hand rods simply are too short for advanced and stealthy line control on...
  10. LukeNZ

    First time fly fishing today

    Stick at it! Get plenty of casting practice in, even just 5 minutes here and there, whenever you can on the lawn, or a park when you have your work breaks. Getting some coordination, feel, muscle memory and just plain old familiarity will save you a ton of messing around in prime time, on the...
  11. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    .....got out of bed quite scratchy this morning, haven’t you! Have a cup of tea and settle down. Yes, I really do like trout spey; you have noticed that I see. Perfectly suited to here. I do think the Sage X would hit the button for him, or anybody with a need for a dry fly rod 8’6” 4wt...
  12. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    The one you love. Couldnt be any other 🙃
  13. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    ...both your shiite orifice's still quite functional then. A bonus at your age! 😃
  14. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    ...more than a tad noodley when compared to the Sage X, and that is really highlighted with a true to weight DT line on each rod. The longer the cast, the greater the feeling of that. The Winston AIR is slightly better tracking than the Pure, but not by much.. Maybe an Asquith might cut it too...
  15. LukeNZ

    Improving my casting distance.

    I have a Hardy Wraith 9ft. 6wt. It will throw an OPST skagit head 250gr. with 30lb OPST Lazar running line over 100ft. without any kind of false cast, very easily. I use a 5ft. OPST floating micro tip on the end of the Skagit head and about 9 ft. of 6lb. level tippet goes onto the floating tip...
  16. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    Was just looking at what the UK retailers sell the Sage X for! Much more expensive than here. I have seen them in Gun City in Napier for as little as NZ$1199 about UK£625. Glasgow AnglingCentre has them at UK£899!
  17. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    With practice we could make a broomstick suit our purpose, but a Burkheimer, Meiser, T&T , or Sage are totally sublime and superior in every way compared to that... Fly casting artistry becomes even more of a joy, the more we invest in both time and money. 🙃
  18. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    Dry flies are quite air resistant and a rod which is a bit more speedy, or tip stiffer keeps it all tracking straight and accurately, whilst helping to straighten out the leader too - as you are relying on speed rather than mass to do that, with a dry. Furled leaders can help, but if you were...
  19. LukeNZ

    Best dry fly rod

    One man’s meat is another man’s poison..🙃 But if you just want everyone’s opinion as to what they would buy; am more than happy to share my view. For trout single hand - Sage X in the length and weight you require is beyond excellent precision. Good for river fit rainbow’s 1/4lb. - 6lb. fish...
  20. LukeNZ

    New world record Brown ? 46.9lb

    Surely he doesnt have to apologise for his intellect, or for stepping in . when his specialist subject area is being re-invented.. 🙃
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